UCLA Defeats Cougar Baseball in Extra Innings
May 17, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Tim Murphy's single scored Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the 10th inning to score provide UCLA a 7-6 victory over Washington State in Pacific-10 baseball at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Saturday.
UCLA (28-23, 10-10 Pac-10) opened the 10th with a walk by Crawford and a single to left by Cody Decker. After Ross Humes (4-4) balked, Murphy dropped a single in front of centerfielder Matt Fanelli to give UCLA its second-straight win over the Cougars (28-24, 6-14 Pac-10).
Washington State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Travis Coulter singled and moved to third on a Scott Suttmeier double. Paul Gran broke a 0-for-16 slump with a RBI-single to right field and Jim Murphy hit into a double play as Suttmeier came home with the second run of the inning.
After the Bruins scored in the third, Murphy led off the fourth with his 14th home run of the season to put the Cougars on top 3-1. UCLA picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth before Washington State added to its lead in the sixth on a double by Gran and Murphy's second home run of the game. Murphy moved into a tie for fifth on the Cougars' all-time home run list with John Olerud and Jason Grove at 33.
UCLA notched a run in the sixth and two in the seventh tie the game 5-5. In the eighth, Gran and Murphy walked to open the inning. Jared Prince dropped down a sacrifice bunt and everyone was safe when reliever Jason Novak's throw to first was wide. Brendan Lafferty (3-2) came in and induced a fielder's choice grounder by Michael Weber as Gran scored the go-ahead run to put WSU on top 6-5.
Humes relieved Jayson Miller to open the eighth. Miller logged at least six innings for the 13th-consecutive start, the first Cougar hurler since Aaron Sele (15 starts) in 1990 to accomplish the feat. UCLA touched up Humes for a run on a sacrifice fly by Decker to force extra innings.
The teams conclude their three-game series beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday.